Council approves master plan for cemetery expansion

Lacombe City council has made its move to continuing using a cemetery that is starting to run out of space.

  • Jul. 25, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Lacombe City council has made its move to continuing using a cemetery that is starting to run out of space.

Council has approved a master plan for the Fairview Cemetery East Expansion.

On its regular meeting on June 24, council requested that some changes and revisions be made to the Master Cemetery Expansion Concept Plan designed by Lees and Associates.

Those revisions were then presented to council at its regular meeting on July 22 and council voted in favour of adopting the plan.

An issue that generated some discussion in June but did not receive much attention this time around was the possibility of moving some of the remains already buried in the cemetery to make way for some new roadways.

Councillor Grant Creasey had requested what the estimated costs to disinter and reinter those remains would be.

He also said that, while removing remains of loved ones was always a sensitive issue, he believed Lacombians were practical people who probably wouldn’t mind if only a handful of graves be disturbed in order to save them a lot of money.

Moving the columbarium, which contains the remains of cremated individuals, was also something that Creasey wanted additional information about.

At Monday’s meeting, the little bit of discussion that was centered around moving remains made it clear it was not something council wanted to do.

“I have had quite a few conversations about moving anything as far as people’s remains,” said Councillor Wayne Rempel. “People that I have talked to, they don’t care if the cost is almost nothing to do it, they don’t want any remains moved at all.”

Mayor Steve Christie agreed.

“I am certainly glad that we are off that topic because that is not something that I would ever, ever, support,” said Christie.

One change that was made to the previous plan was the changing of a protective services section of the cemetery to optional.

Chris McBride, who presented the revised plan on behalf of LEES and Associates, said that they had touched base with the local Fire Chief Ed Van Delden and Chief of Police Steve Murray to arrive at the decision.

McBride said that while neither police or fire services said ‘yay or nay’ to the option, they were not sure if there would be enough demand to warrant an exclusive protective services section of the cemetery.

He added that, should the City discover that land would be needed in the coming years, it could easily be phased into in-ground cremation, in-ground burial or left as grass space for now.

A proposed secondary entrance to the cemetery was another issue that received discussion at council’s previous meeting.

Council had expressed concern that the two entries would be placed too close together, causing congestion and traffic problems during interment services.

Also, putting a new gate in the proposed location would require replacing a fairly new and costly fence.

In response to these concerns, McBride said that the second entrance had been moved further east.

He added that the secondary entrance would have no immediate cost as it would be phased in over 15 years from now.

Space is quickly running out in the Fairview Cemetery.

Currently, only 30 plots are available for in-ground burial.

This new plan should suffice for Fairview Cemetery capacity needs for the next 70 – 75 years.

news@lacombeexpress.com

Just Posted

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported five additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer at 169 active cases of COVID-19

Province set to move into Stage 2 of reopening Thursday

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

Grade 12 students at Wetaskiwin Composite High School took place in the annual water fight off school property on June 11, 2021. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Graduating students in Wetaskiwin throw water fight after being told it could result in suspension

Students were told their participation could result in them being barred from graduation ceremonies.

The arrest south of Winnipeg occurred before Bernier was to arrive at a protest in the city. (Twitter/Maxime Bernier)
Maxime Bernier arrested following anti-rules rallies in Manitoba: RCMP

He’s been charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba’s requirement to self-isolate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for the G7 Summit, at the airport in Newquay, United Kingdom, Thursday, June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Details on Canada’s vaccine sharing plan coming Sunday, up to 100 million doses

Canada’s high commissioner to the UK says details will come after the G7 summit

Conservative MP Tom Kmiec waves to the crowd during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 8, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Newborn daughter’s death inspires MP’s bill on bereavement leave for parents

Conservative MP Tom Kmiec says a day or two off not enough for some grieving parents

Victoria’s 2020 Canada Day celebration will not happen this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations backs cancelling Canada Day celebration

Statement made after Victoria cancels Canada Day event as a statement of reconciliation

United Nurses of Alberta is slamming Health Minister Tyler Shandro for suggesting staff vacations are causing emergency room problems. (Black Press Media files)
Physicians were suffering burnout and then the pandemic made it worse, UBC study finds

Burnout prevalent among 68 per cent of doctors – likely a reflection of issue globally, says researcher

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government is bringing in a new coal policy saying new or expanded thermal coal mines create unacceptable environmental impacts.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Unacceptable environmental effects:’ New federal policy restricts thermal coal

Policy puts another roadblock in front of Coalspur Mines and its Alberta Vista mine expansion

Kawasaki City Institute for Public Health Director General Nobuhiko Okabe speaks during a press conference after a roundtable on COVID-19 countermeasures at Tokyo 2020 Games in Tokyo, Friday, June 11, 2021. A group of experts participated in a third roundtable on COVID-19 countermeasures proposed for audience-related infection control. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics still undecided on fans — or no fans at all

Fans from abroad already banned from what is shaping up to be a largely made-for-television event

Most Read